MCCF Grants to Community Projects and Preschool Scholarships in 2016
This year, the Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) awarded $40,000 to local charitable organizations to improve the quality of life in Miami County.
The final 2016 grant was awarded to Peru Cal Ripkin Youth Baseball in the amount of $4,800. The grant will be used to construct six dugouts for athletes ages 4-8. Peru Cal Ripkin Youth Baseball has hosted three state-level events in the last two years. The tournaments increase economic activity in the community.
With this final grant, the 2016 MCCF grant cycle is closed for the year. Applications for the next grant cycle will be available January 2017.
The Miami Nation of Indians in Indiana strives to preserve and share the history and culture of the Miami Tribe. For the next four years (2016-2019), the Tribe will receive $5,000 yearly, totaling $20,000 for renovations to their Tribal Complex, specifically for classroom and exhibit upgrades.
The Tribe resides in the former Peru High School. The organization has, for decades, provided an emergency shelter to the community, a food bank, and rooms for county organizations to utilize. They work to share their rich history, customs, and heritage, which are integral to Indiana history.
Maconaquah School Corporation is the recipient of $10,000 for its Maconaquah Cattle Company project. The program will allow classes of students from the Middle School to participate in the purchasing, raising, and breeding of beef cattle on the school’s campus, and the beef will be processed for consumption in the Maconaquah school cafeterias.
Students will be provided with an authentic learning opportunity as they raise and study the cattle and learn about the engineering process behind building the pole barn in which the cattle will live. Students will also study the biology of cattle and the business aspect of agriculture. The mission of Maconaquah School Corporation is, “inspiring and empowering our students to meet tomorrow’s challenges,” which they believe is reflected in this unique project.
Education will also be supported with $2,700 for Ivy Tech Community College’s Peru site. Ivy Tech will create a more inviting appearance and community-friendly environment by adding landscaping along the north side of the campus. Plans include removal of an overgrown pine tree, removal of several tree stumps, and planting of arborvitae, shrubs, flowering trees, and mulched flower beds.
The Circus City Festival spruced up the outside of its building at 154 N. Broadway with the $2,500 it was awarded. The organization painted the front and back of the main building. Thanks to the ongoing grant cycle at the MCCF, the project was able to be funded and completed before the Festival’s July extravaganza. The Circus City Festival and the Peru Amateur Circus has been servicing the community for 57 years.
The Ole Olsen Children’s Theatre performed William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” as a part of CTW’s “Shake it Up with Shakespeare” program. With the help of $1,000 from the MCCF, the group took a new twist on the Bard’s classic comedy. With a backdrop of the western plains, the play was reimagined to reflect a cowboy sensibility with music from Cole Porter’s “Kiss me, Kate” rearrange for the show by Aaaron Birnell. Performances were free to the public and performed at Peru’s Ivy Tech Campus.
The MCCF supported education by granting $4,000 to be used for scholarships for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship finalists who do not ultimately receive the Lilly Scholarship.
Additionally, $400 was awarded for a Grant Station, and $2,500 was allocated to be used for #GivingTuesday matching dollars.
The MCCF is excited to see the impact that these grant dollars will have on the communities of Miami County through these worthy organizations.
In an effort to make grant dollars more accessible to community projects, the MCCF has decided to remove deadlines from many of their applications. By removing application deadlines, MCCF grant dollars have been more accessible to community programs and projects throughout the year.
An ongoing preschool program at the Community Foundation benefited from $7,100 for preschool scholarships for Miami County children. This ongoing commitment from the MCCF ensures that every child has the opportunity of having one year of preschool. Scholarship awards are based on a family's financial need.
Grants are made possible through MCCF Community Funds. These are the same funds that benefited from a successful Lilly Endowment, Inc. matching challenge, where donations of $500,000 were matched dollar for dollar. These endowed Community Funds will continue to grow and support community projects now and forever.
Those interested in applying for grants in 2017 should contact the Community Foundation at 765-475-2859 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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